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Good Habits of Great Web Designers

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Good Habits of Great Web Designers

What habits should a web designer have? In my last two posts, I talked first about meta-habits, or how to create habits, and then about what bad habits to avoid, but I have yet to talk about what good habits web designers should have. In my post about meta-habits, the last meta-habit that I mention are identity habits. Developing identity habits means identifying the habits of the type of person that you want to become and adopting them as if you are that person already. So, instead of focusing on what you want to achieve, you focus on becoming the type of person who would achieve that. Below...

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Meta-habits for Web Designers

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Meta-habits for Web Designers

Habits are much more than chewing your fingernails or popping your knuckles without thinking about it. We are creatures of habit, and our daily lives are filled with habits that we don’t even realize we have, some bad but many which are not only good but essential to our sanity. In our web design career, it is important to be aware of our habits and consider which ones are beneficial and which ones are detrimental. Habits are like well-worn paths through the woods. They are easy to travel, and we can follow them without thinking. Scientists have discovered that nearly 80% of what we do...

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5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

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5 Web Design Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid

There are two ways to learn any skill. One is by experience and the other is by being taught from someone who already has that experience. As with any skill, there are common web design mistakes that nearly everyone makes early on. Here, I want to guide you through five of the most common rookie mistakes, so that you can learn from my mistakes rather than from the school of hard knocks. Here are 5 mistakes that every web design rookie makes that you should avoid! 1. Starting a project that isn’t fully defined Would you start making a cake without a recipe? Would you start building a...

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Charging by the Hour Sucks!

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Charging by the Hour Sucks!

Billing your web design projects by the hour sucks!  You know what I mean. “How many hours do I have left on my website project? Can you itemize that? What? Why did it take you so long to do this? My friend who made a website once says it should have only taken about 30 minutes, and you claim it took 2 hours?” Does this sound like a conversation you have had before? Squabbling over hours and minutes with a client can be enough to make anyone second guess their decision to become a web designer. There is a simple solution though… Don’t charge by the hour. Which of course raises...

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The True Purpose of a Website

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The True Purpose of a Website

It’s easy for a designer or developer to lose sight of what the purpose of a website is. Most people, when asked why they have a website for their business, will say something like, “So people can find me online.” But why is it important for someone to find you online?  “Because they might go to my competitor who is online.” While that is true, that is essentially saying that you need a website because “everyone else is doing it.” If you or your web design clients have this mentality, they will never harness the full potential of their website. They will always be limited to...

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Unleash Your Creativity and Find Purpose

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Unleash Your Creativity and Find Purpose

In my last post I explained intrinsic motivation and how important it is to creativity as discussed in  Daniel H. Pink’s book  Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Intrinsic motivation is based on the idea that the challenge in itself is the best form of motivation. In fact, motivation by fear of punishment will only push someone to do the bare minimum required to avoid the punishment, and motivation by reward creates tunnel vision that stifles innovation and outside-of-the-box thinking. Intrinsic motivation is what inspires creativity and at the same time brings us the...

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